American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Using the left hand more skillfully or easily than the right.
- adj. Sports Swinging from left to right: a left-handed batter; a left-handed golfer.
- adj. Done with the left hand.
- adj. Intended for wear on or use by the left hand: left-handed scissors.
- adj. Awkward; maladroit.
- adj. Of doubtful sincerity; dubious: left-handed flattery; a left-handed compliment.
- adj. Of, relating to, or born of a morganatic marriage.
- adj. Turning or spiraling from right to left; counterclockwise.
- adj. Rotating counterclockwise; levorotatory.
- adv. With the left hand.
- adv. Sports From the left to the right: swings left-handed.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the left hand or arm stronger and more capable of being used with facility than the right; using the left hand and arm in preference to the right.
- Characterized by direction or position toward the left hand; moving from right to left: as, a left-handed quartz crystal (one which rotates the plane of polarization to the left). See levogyrate and polarization.
- Clumsy; awkward; inexpert; unskilful.
- Insincere; sinister; malicious.
- Unlucky; inauspicious.
- adj. Of or pertaining to one who uses his or her left hand in preference to, or more skillfully than, his or her right.
- adj. Intended to be worn on, or used by, the left hand.
- adj. Turning or spiraling from right to left; anticlockwise.
- adj. Awkward or maladroit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the left hand or arm stronger and more dexterous than the right; using the left hand and arm with more dexterity than the right.
- adj. Clumsy; awkward; unlucky; insincere; sinister; malicious.
- adj. Having a direction contrary to that of the hands of a watch when seen in front; -- said of a twist, a rotary motion, etc., looked at from a given direction.
- adj. ironically ambiguous
- adj. lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands
- adj. rotating to the left
- adj. (of marriages) of a marriage between one of royal or noble birth and one of lower rank; valid but with the understanding that the rank of the inferior remains unchanged and offspring do not succeed to titles or property of the superior
- adj. using or intended for the left hand
- adj. (of marriages) illicit or informal
“Mickelson, whose nickname "Lefty" refers to his left-handed golf swing, was voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame last fall.”
“They are similar to prepare for except for the fact of right and left," said Coughlin, referring to left-handed Vick and right-handed Young.”
“The International Monetary Fund's leader, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, may come out of a socialist party background, but the IMF's underlying trend became apparent at a morning reception where right-leaning coffee cups made it near impossible for the left-handed to drink without making a mess.”
“Interestingly, he swings right-handed, but putts left-handed.”
“Twenty years after being saved from unemployment by his reputation as a solid left-handed pitcher, David N. Mullany was once again out of work.”
“While they believe he is and will be fine, the Nationals are keeping an eye on the spring training progression of newly acquired left-handed starter Tom Gorzelanny, who suffered from a sinus infection and walking pneumonia for the two weeks immediately preceding spring training - "seriously bad timing," Gorzelanny said.”
“If Morgan falters, the Nationals could move to a platoon, perhaps with Werth taking center and Michael Morse taking right field against left-handed pitchers.”
“Hitting Morgan leadoff is not tenable if he logs another .319 on-base percentage - including .280 against left-handed pitchers - with a 73 OPS+ while leading the league in getting caught stealing to boot.”
“His teammates won't let him forget about missing a breakaway, left-handed dunk in the second quarter, even though he came back and made his next attempt with two hands.”
“The Nationals this offseason signed Ankiel, a speedy, left-handed outfielder whose skill set resembles Bernadina's.”
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